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Thon Man Moliere – Lyceum

Multi-award winning Scottish poet and playwright Liz Lochhead’s fictionalised account of the life of 17th century playwright Moliere is a passionate, intense and hilarious affair.

Jimmy Chisholm is the self-destructive Moliere, and we find him in the throes of creating his infamous play, Tartuffe, in 1660s Paris. Siobhan Redmond, as the long-suffering Madeleine, gives a performance which demonstrates the relationship between her and her former lover Moliere. She attempts to rein in his enthusiasm, not always successfully, with intelligence, wit and understanding.

Menou, muse, lover and then wife of Moliere is played with sensitivity by Sarah Miele.

Special mention must go to Molly Innes, as the servant Toinette. Her deadpan observations reveal that she knows as much as, if not more than, the actors she works for.

The other actors in the company are played by Steven McNicoll, James Anthony Pearson and Therese Du Parc, and they revel in the bitching, drinking and showing-off that their profession allows.

Neil Murray’s set, in shades of grey, contrasts perfectly with the lavish (and at times outlandish) jewel-bright costumes.

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Thon Man Moliere (or Whit Got Him Intae Aw That Bother) is the final show of Mark Thomson’s tenure as Artistic Director. It will run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre until 11 June 2016.

For more information go to www.lyceum.org.uk or phone 0131 248 4848.

 

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